Administration

The Director of the National STD/AIDS Control Programme is responsible for the administrative functions of the NSACP in consultation with the senior management team. The administration is responsible for the human resource management, implementation of the National Strategic Plan, overseeing financial matters, coordinating the partnership with all stakeholders and provision of guidance to peripheral STD clinics.

Director

Dr. Rasanjalee Hettiarachchi, MBBS, MSc,
MD National STD/AIDS Control Programme.

Financial Management

The accountant and the finance team of the National STD/AIDS Control Programme are responsible for the financial management of the institution, in consultation with the senior management team and director. The finance team is responsible for the preparation of budget estimates, record keeping, internal audits, procurement procedures, overseeing financial matters, and maintaining stores and inventory management.

Accountant

Ms N.G Roshika N Samankumari
Accountant (Acting)
National STD/AIDS Control Programme
Accountant (Budget control – MOH)
+94 112 667 163 (Ext: 409)

Training and capacity Building and research

This program area is responsible for the identification, needs assessment, planning, and implementation of strategies and activities for human resource development in the National STD/AIDS Control Programme and partner organizations. These groups include under-graduate and post-graduate trainees in the fields of medicine, other healthcare categories, and key population members. Other important areas include organizing local and foreign training programs, counseling workshops, refresher training programs, clinical meetings, and journal clubs. Development and regular updating of national policies, strategies, guidelines, training curricula, and materials for the implementation of training and capacity-building services in Sri Lanka.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Geethani Samaraweera MBBS. PG DIP.MD Venereology,
Consultant Venereologist
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
+94 112 667 163 (Ext: 222)

Care for Sexually Transmitted Infections

The overall responsibility of this unit is to provide quality assured care for people infected or affected by sexually transmitted Infections (STI) through NSACP’s island wide clinic network in collaboration with National AIDS committee support group and Senior management team of NSACP.

Broader areas include treatment and care of STI and prevention of mother to child transmission of STIs, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for management of STIs. Monitor and improve quality and access to STI care services.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Chandrika Jayakody. MBBS, PG DIP.MD Venereology
Consultant Venereologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 222)

Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)

This programme area is responsible for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV in Sri Lanka through an integrated approach with the maternal and child health services, the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Sri Lanka was certified by WHO as a country that has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis in 2020. Revalidation of the same was done in 2021. Broader areas include prevention of HIV in females of childbearing age and unintended pregnancies in women with HIV, and care and support services for people with HIV, including key population members. Other important areas include advocacy, inter-sectoral coordination, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for EMTCT. Monitor and improve the quality and access of PMTCT services.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Dilmini Mendis (MBBS. PG DIP.MD Venereology)
Consultant Venereologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 115)

HIV Treatment, care, and support

The overall responsibility of this programme area is to provide treatment, care, and support for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS with an integrated approach through the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Broader areas include policy and HIV treatment, care, and support services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and prevention of HIV with pre and post exposure prophylaxis in Sri Lanka. Also, reducing stigma and increasing access to HIV and care and support services for people living with HIV, including key population members. Other important areas include advocacy, inter sectoral coordination, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for HIV care services. Monitor and improve the quality and access to HIV care services.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Himali Perera (MBBS. PG DIP.MD Venereology)
Consultant Venereologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 214)

HIV Testing services

This programme area is responsible for planning and implementation of HIV testing services in Sri Lanka with an integrated approach between the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Broader areas include promotion of testing services, mitigation of stigma and discrimination related to HIV testing, and advocacy with a special emphasis on key population members. Other important areas include advocacy, inter sectoral coordination, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for HIV testing services. Monitor and improve the quality and access of HIV testing services.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Nimali Jayasuriya (MBBS. PG DIP.MD Venereology)
Consultant Venereologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 209)

Laboratory Services

This program area is responsible for the provision of high-quality STI/HIV laboratory services within the limits and according to the provisions of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka for the National STD/AIDS Control Programme. Activities are planned with an integrated approach by the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Broader areas include the development of quality laboratory testing services in the STD clinic network, quality assurance and technical assistance for laboratory services, antimicrobial resistance surveillance, and infection control. Other important areas include advocacy, inter sectoral coordination, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for laboratory services.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Jayanthi Priyanganie Elwitigala MBBS.MD
Consultant Microbiologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 214)

IEC, Advocacy and Condom promotion

This programme area is responsible for planning and implementation of information, education, communication (IEC), advocacy, and promotion of means of prevention among most-at-risk-populations and the general population in Sri Lanka. Activities are planned with an integrated approach by the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Broader areas include advocacy to stake holders, development of IEC material, Promotion of prevention methods (Condoms etc.), organizing of awareness events of national importance like World AIDS day etc. Other important areas include inter sectoral coordination, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for IEC, advocacy, and condom promotion. Monitor and improve quality and access to IEC, advocacy, and condom promotion.

National Programme consultant

Dr. Darshani Mallikarachchi.
Consultant Venereologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 214)
multisectoral photo

Multi Sectoral Coordination

This programme area is responsible for planning, monitoring, evaluation, and implementation of intervention strategies and mainstreaming of STI/HIV trends and facts to sectors to address risk and vulnerability issues. Activities are planned with an integrated approach by the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Broader areas include prevention of HIV/STI through intersectoral coordination, planning and implementation of awareness and training of trainer programs for sectors including prisons, police, armed forces, the tourism sector, migrants and youth. It is the project focal point for GFATM R9. Other important areas include working towards a supportive environment for key populations, gender related issues, stigma mitigation, advocacy to police about discriminatory laws, inter sectoral coordination, development and update of various policies, protocols, SOPs, and guidelines for multisectoral coordination. Monitor and improve quality of training of trainer and other programs conducted for sectors.

National Programme consultant

Dr.Janaka Weragoda (MBBS. MsC.MD)
Consultant Community Physician,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10.
+94 112 667 163 (Ext: 115)

Strategic Information Management

This programme area is responsible for the overall monitoring and evaluation of sexual health related programme, projects, and activities in close liaison with all development partners, and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors in Sri Lanka. Activities are planned with an integrated approach by the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Development, Installation of Electronic Data Management System (EIMS), Procurement and maintenance of the EIMS network and Websites/Social media platforms/PIMS and other mobile applications. EIMS won the award for the communicable diseases category at the 4th Commonwealth Awards in 2020. Other important areas include development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, surveillance, research, and estimates, training, and capacity building and intersectoral coordination for strategic information management.

National Programme consultant

Dr. K.A.M. Ariyaratne (MBBS. PG DIP.MD Venereology)
Consultant Venereologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place,
Colombo 10.
Contact no: SIM Unit hotline mobile 0711912424

Epidemiology

This programme area is responsible for the STI/HIV surveillance to monitor trends and incidence of the disease conditions under the preview of National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP). In addition, annual HIV burden estimation and Projection, conducting special surveys related to HIV has been entrusted to the Epidemiology and Surveillance programme area. Activities planned with an integrated approach National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Other important areas include behavioral/integrated biobehavioral surveillance, estimations including PLHIV estimations, and AIDS death review. Also, supervise and monitor the quality of STD, HIV surveillance and provide technical support for the STD clinic network for surveillance.

National Programme consultant

Dr. A.P.S Beneragama,
MBBS, MSc, MIRB, MD (com.med),
Consultant Epidemiologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place,
Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163 (Ext: 214)

Key Population Intervention Unit

This unit is responsible for overall planning, and implementation of key population interventions for HIV prevention. Key Populations (KP) of interest in the National Strategic Plan are men having sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), transgender (TG), people who inject drugs (PWID), beach boys (BB), and people in closed settings (prison inmates). Prevention interventions are provided either directly by health care workers or by peers through non-governmental or community-based organizations. Activities are planned with an integrated approach by the National AIDS Committee technical group and the Senior Management Team of NSACP. Other important areas include the establishment of KP units, peer outreach activities, and community-based testing. Supervision and monitoring of the quality of KP interventions and provision of technical support for the STD clinic network for KP interventions.

National Programme consultant

Dr. APS Beneragama,
MBBS, MSc, MIRB, MD (com.med),
Consultant Epidemiologist,
National STD/AIDS Control Programme,
No 29, De Saram Place,
Colombo 10. +94 112 667 163
(Ext: 214)